Surrey FA are set to launch the first-ever e-County Cup, embracing the growing demand for esports participation across the country.
With this, Surrey FA will become the first County FA to make the jump into the world of esports.
The e-County Cup looks to provide Surrey’s existing grassroots players, supporters and volunteers with a chance to show off their gaming skills whilst bringing pride to their clubs and communities.
The competition will allow for both male and female players to compete against each other, something not yet seen on a football pitch for those over the age of 18. This offers a fantastic opportunity for the charitable organisation to promote their key values of equality and inclusion within all forms of football.
“We are excited to be leading the way by entering into the world of esports and hope that our e-County Cup will provide an opportunity for those within our community to stay engaged with football and take pride in representing their clubs and local area," said James Chadwick, head of marketing and partnerships at Surrey FA.
"We are expecting to see some friendly competition to determine which players have the honour of representing their clubs. Clearly, we are disappointed that we are not seeing live grassroots football taking place during this national lockdown. However, e-Sports provides a level playing field for anyone to get involved in football – and perhaps some will even be inspired to pick up a pair of football boots and get active as a result of the Cup.”
The competition will run from February, starting with preliminary rounds, all the way to the finals which will be held at Meadowbank Football Ground on May 16. The finals will be live-streamed on the Surrey FA YouTube channel, subject to current restrictions being eased, allowing for an in-person event to be staged safely indoors.
Author: Jake Wilkin